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Michigan Medicine’s New Campus Addition Embraces Sustainable Design

By District Energy posted 03-12-2024 05:40


Healthcare Design


Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of University of Michigan, will welcome the new $920 million D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion to its main medical campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., in fall 2025.

The 12-story building will include 264 beds, a state-of-the-art neurosciences center, specialty services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, 20 surgical suites, and three interventional radiology suites.

The design team of HOK and Affiliated Engineers, Inc. utilized several strategies to assist in achieving carbon neutrality in the future.

The Kahn Pavilion energy design strategies are expected to achieve savings of 71 percent electricity, 19 percent natural gas, and 49 percent carbon emissions.

These energy savings are achieved through a combination of creative design solutions and a thoughtful selection of building systems and materials including:

  • Highly efficient heat recovery chillers that allow for redirecting recovered heat to various heating applications, which saves energy while maintaining design conditions.
  • Low temperature heating hot water systems to reduce steam usage.
  • Low flow fixtures and closed loop cooling of sterilizers for improved water and energy efficiency.
  • Positioning the building near mass transit lines and providing bicycle accommodations for staff.
  • A high-performance exterior façade that provides thermal comfort, daylighting, and views to the building occupants.
  • Connection to the university’s highly efficient Central Power Plant, equipped with combined heat and power cogeneration, further reducing overall energy consumption.
  • Prioritizing locally sourced materials and products.

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